"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.
Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon.
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy.
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died.
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies.
New comic! “Alpha Man” uses the power of the male gaze… on himself. (x)
Read the whole story arc starting here: http://www.gynostar.com/archives/2061
Even bad guys deserve to see good fashion.
I need to mention that this character was in part inspired by one of my favorite artists, Madeleine Flores, and her Great Warrior series, please check it out if you aren’t familiar with it, it is fantastic: http://helpusgreatwarrior.tumblr.com/
“You can tell a lot about someone from their taste in music. Especially if they have a penchant for contemporary heavy metal. Researchers at the University of Westminster in the U.K. recently turned their scientific attention toward heavy metal music, examining what makes a connoisseur of metal, psychologically speaking. They found that many heavy metal aficionados shared a particular pattern of personality traits.”
Learn more from Popular Science.
New Yorker cartoonist Matthew Diffee explains where he gets his ideas from in “Great Ideas and How to Have Them.” It’s a hilarious look at his own creative process and in between laughs Diffee doles out some killer advice on how to catch your muse.
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Guess what, dickducks? Y’all been fucking up the word peruse for a long damn time. You think it goes like this:
Peruse, verb: to half-assedly read some shit without paying attention and in so doing to perhaps gain a cursory understanding of a given topic (dumb fuck definition)
The effort to take away a woman’s ability to make independent decisions is rooted in abortion stigma: the process of dehumanizing and discriminating against women, not for who they are, but because they need an abortion. How is it that in the 21st century women still do not have the right to make a decision about one of the most profound and life-transforming decisions any person can make: whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term or to become a parent for life?
Abortion stigma is a form of gender discrimination and punishment, and it represents social control of both women who need abortions and providers who provide them.
We have to keep naming abortion stigma for what it is; we have to keep calling it out. And we have to work together to find ways to both mitigate it and reflect on the societal mechanisms that produce it and structures and systems that support it.
- Leila Hessini, Ipas / Global Fund for Women